Challenges AheadWith the change of administration, we...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 12, 1992

Challenges Ahead

With the change of administration, we Americans can once again feel hope. Hope that we now really might have a "kinder and gentler" America, that Rodney King's plea for us all to "get along" together might truly happen, that together we can negotiate our differences in good faith, that no problems are too big or insurmountable, if we are willing to face them rationally and courageously for the common good, and that the "American dream" for our children and succeeding generations can be realized.

Barbara Jordan said at the Democratic convention that cutting entitlements "won't be easy, but we must do it."

If we are to overcome the profligate borrowing of the past 12 years and put ourselves on a globally competitive footing, we must demonstrate to our creditors our will and ability to meet our obligations and to do so without impairing their assets by inflation.

This means monetary and fiscal discipline: prudent investment, public and private, in productive enterprise with revenues derived from a balanced budget, including a line item veto for reduction of the debt.

If the new administration will keep us informed about what priorities it is setting and why, how they are to be achieved and why it is in the best interest of the country to do it that way, we can accept the necessary sacrifice and pain, provided it is imposed fairly and responsibly.

We are ready to face the challenge of change. But as democratic citizens, we have the right and duty to verify what is being done in our interest.

Lawrence B. Coshnear

Baltimore

Disturbing Trend

I have noticed a disturbing trend in The Sun lately. Whenever a violent crime occurs anywhere in the state, you find a quote from some cooperative soul who is willing to compare it to Baltimore City.

Recently, a merchant interviewed after brutal murders at a Randallstown bank said the area was becoming "just like an extension of Baltimore City." In another story, a State Police spokesman referred to I-95 as "almost like the mean streets of Baltimore."

If I didn't know better, I'd say you were on a deliberate campaign to insult the hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens of the city and their dozens of safe neighborhoods.

By dragging a reference to the city into every crime article, you pander to the meanest generalizations of people who blame the city for their problems.

Next time, maybe you can find a colorful quote for a crime article that does not slander the city.

Henry M. Kay

Baltimore

Madonna

I'm really tired and bored of Madonna this and Madonna that. Who cares?

All she wants is attention, and that's exactly what she's getting. The media are focusing too much on her, when the rest of America is not interested.

It's actually pathetic how low she can go. But am I surprised? Not at all. Who else would you expect to write a book on sex and sell it for $49.95? It was bound to happen sooner or later.

The fact that she's making millions off this book while many Americans are unemployed is more obscene than her nudity. What scares me the most is that we're not at all shocked at her behavior.

What could that mean? Have we gotten so used to this indecency? What has become of our society today?

Andre Lee

Ellicott City

Bishop Eastman

Frank Somerville has fairly reported (Oct. 30) the controversy about the blessing of a same-sex couple this past summer. There are many who support this specific occasion and many who oppose it, often vehemently.

In the heat of controversy, the passion of conviction has led a lay group of Concerned Episcopalians to challenge the integrity of Bishop A. Theodore Eastman. Among their serious allegations, they charge: "Your conception of your pastoral role as bishop . . . is woefully flawed."

Those who really know Bishop Eastman as a person as well as a bishop know him to be dedicated, theologically informed, thoroughly honest, fair and pastorally sensitive.

To impugn his character falls far short of speaking the truth in love. Indeed, for any Christian, it shows a failure to follow the baptismal covenant to "respect the dignity of every human being."

I hope we can come to deal with honest, fundamental differences without the divisive spirit of meanness which infects so much of our world today.

Rev. Robert P. Patterson

Baltimore

The writer is rector of Church of the Redeemer.

Schaefer's Endorsement

As a registered Democrat and longtime Maryland resident who has consistently supported this state's excellent Democratic leadership, I was dismayed to learn of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's Bush-Quayle endorsement. Many Marylanders feel a little betrayed.

Brazenly presented by such fanatically extremist mouthpieces as Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schafly and Pat Robertson, the Republican convention platform was unabashedly endorsed by the Bush-Quayle ticket.

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